Ahhh.... Spring Time. There is an ease in the air and a newness in our minds.
The birds are chirping, the air is starting to smell sweet with the smell of new growth. You are feeling at ease as you begin to plan for and have excitement for getting outside and enjoying nature. The fresh air, the sweet lush scenery, the birds, the flowers, the landscape. All the wonderful things that springtime brings. And, with all these delightful new indulgences we are also reminded of spring cleanup and servicing our vehicles. But, does this have to be a headache, or can it be as carefree and easy as the true meaning of spring? Why, yes it can. Let me explain...
Your vehicle is your lifeline. It gets you where you need to be when you need to be there. It keeps you sheltered from the outside weather and keeps you comfortable with thermostat climate control and lush ergonomically correct seats with adjustable lumbar supports. It also safely transports your groceries, your shopping items, and all of your life's belongings. Such an important item also requires to be cared for just as you and I need to be cared for. But, unlike you and I, fortunately our vehicles do not require much fussing.
Springtime service should include the basics such as changing the oil to ensure your car is running at optimal temperatures and running smoothly and efficiently. Checking your tire pressure to ensure you are receiving the optimal gas mileage. Check the tread on your tires to make sure you are prepared for the frequent raining during April Showers. Bring your vehicle into a service center and have the tires balanced and aligned if the potholes of the winter roads put a damper on your travels.
Simple do-it-yourself spring time car work includes changing wiper blades, topping off windshield washer fluid with bug repellant or Rain-X fluid, cleaning the undercarriage of the vehicle to remove winter's salt and brine residues.
More complex and detailed service work for you vehicle may include scheduling an appointment at an auto mechanic shop for tire rotation and alignment. Scheduling an appointment to have spark plugs changed, cabin filters changed, air conditioner coolant checked and topped off are all part of a more comprehensive springtime vehicle service visit.
Winter tires may have to be removed from the rims and replaced with regular driving tires. Studded tires will be exchanged with more fuel efficient tires for regular driving conditions. If planning for long trips during the spring ensure your tires air pressure is set to the standards recommended by the vehicle and/or the tire manufacturer's guidelines.
Spring is a time to renew and start again. Ensure your vehicle is serviced properly and cared for and you will extend the life of your vehicle and will have less surprise visits to a mechanic or auto body shop for unplanned issues with your vehicle. Proper preparation is key to maintaining your vehicles longevity.
June 21st marks the first day of summer. Ahh, the summer solstice has finally arrived. The weather is beautiful and the rains of Spring have finally begun to let up. Summer flowers have arrived as has the hum of neighbors swimming pools and laughing children. What also has arrived, in addition to the noise of lawn mowers, is the sound of motorcycles. I don't know about you, but where I live, the daily noise of thunderous Harley Davidson's casually sauntering through neighborhoods and long country roads.
Sounds dreamy, right? We wish it were always the way of life, slow, calm, and abundant. But, sometimes we gotta bring in the ropes of reality and realize that our vehicles need just as much work in the summer months as they do in the winter. Make sure your 4 wheeled vehicle has windshield wiper fluid changed for warmer weather and tires inflated to their recommended PSI ratings.
For our two legged vessels, make sure you use a battery tender before use to make sure the bike is properly juiced and ready for riding. Keep a small travel kit of tools in your saddle bags in case
Please read to learn more about safety tips while driving in the snow and ice and please leave a comment below.
Today’s topic includes information on safety while driving in the snow and icy weather. Unless you are visiting Bethlehem, PA from Southern states chances are you have had a run-in or two with driving in snowy conditions. We are going to offer a few safety tips to keep you and your family safe while driving in a winter wonderland.
First, an ounce of prevention is worth of pound of cure! Prior to winter weather or blizzard conditions check to ensure that all of your tires are fully inflated. Not over inflated, but inflated to the requirements listed on the wall of your tires. If you can’t find the recommended PSI ratings check inside your cars door panels for specific directions. If you still can’t easily find the recommended PSI ratings you can always see if the information is listed in your car’s user guide. Sometimes a car’s user guide does not list specifications as tires do not last the life of the vehicle, and each tire requires different PSI levels. Also, keep your gas tank full in case you are in an accident and must sit on the side of the road. At least you will be able to run your vehicle to keep you warm.
Second, bring emergency equipment such as jumper cables, road flares, emergency blankets, water, and snacks like granola bars or other sustainable foods. Keeping chains for tires, cat litter, and a small shovel will prove useful if your car gets stuck along the road. Make sure your car is equipped with long handled scrapers if snowy conditions are copious and require frequent cleanings. Having windshield washer fluid that has a low freezing point is imperative in winter weather as salt and grime blowing off vehicles in front of you makes visibility a nightmare in snowy conditions.
Finally, driving skills and safety tactics will help you on the road in the event your car hits icy spots or slippery snow covered roadways. The most important piece of advice here is to drive slowly, but not too slowly as to prevent getting enough traction to move through uncleaned roads or intersections. If you are driving and suddenly unable to stop due to ice it is important to paddle the brakes, unless your car is equipped with an antilock braking system (ABS). Suddenly slamming on the brakes will send your car into a spinning disaster and you will likely no longer be moving straight ahead. Instead, slowly push the brake pedal in and out in an effort to gain traction with your tires. Turn your steering wheel slowly for turns and avoid sharp or sudden movements as vehicles without traction are prone to forces that will push your vehicle away from your intended direction.
The above is offered as suggestion as not all circumstances are the same. Experience is the best skill for keeping you safe on the road. Until you are highly experienced, please drive very cautiously.
Here at Bethlehem Towing we wish you and your family the best in snowy conditions. Please drive cautiously but if you are ever in a situation requiring a tow, please don’t hesitate to call us at 610-557-1975.
Here at Bethlehem Towing we want your towing experience to be as safe as possible. We are unfortunately too familiar with injuries that occur on the roadside. We have written this blog with your safety in mind. We wish to offer suggestions to help keep you safe if you are stranded with your vehicle.
1) Do not exit the vehicle on a busy road. Please use your best safety knowledge and resist the urge to get out of the vehicle to look at your tire if you believe it has gone flat or if you believe your car suffered damage. Do NOT exit your vehicle when your vehicle is within the lanes of traffic. Pull your car off to the side of the road and ensure you are safe and out of harm’s way prior to exiting the vehicle to assess for damage. We strongly recommend you remain in the vehicle until our towing professionals arrive to assess for damage. Our staff are highly trained in roadside safety and will make your safety a priority.
2) Shut your vehicle off if you suspect it is overheating. After you have pulled safely off the road you should turn the engine off if you suspect overheating. Allowing the vehicle to remain running in this situation will further potentiate damage to your engine. DO NOT take off the water cap or radiator cap when your engine is still hot as the cap will burst open under the pressure, and will cause serious burns and scalds. Your engine must be completely cooled down before you attempt to touch any of your vehicles fittings or fluids. You may add antifreeze to a cooled radiator. Also ensure proper oil levels. Take your vehicle to service center for further diagnostic testing. This may include checking hoses for leaks and checking your fans.
3) Turn on hazard lights or interior lights in the dark to ensure other vehicles see you. If you are prepared and have a flare or cone in your vehicle this may be a good time to break them out to alert other drivers of the hazard up ahead.
4) A common practice in the United States is to hang something white out of a closed vehicle window to signal other drivers of the hazard beside the road. If you must leave your vehicle beside the road most states require that you notify the local police department of the vehicles location. This may prevent your vehicle from being towed by the local police department which usually includes impounding and storage fees. In this situation we strongly suggest you call Bethlehem Towing to be proactive and prevent the hassles of being towed by local authorities.
Riding a motorcycle is an experiences that offers exhilaration, adventurism, and is associated with American freedom. But, as a rider, you already knew that. As a motorcycle owner, you also know the pain associated with breakdowns. From flat tires, loose fittings, or running out of gas we got you covered. Here at Bethlehem Towing we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to quickly respond to your call.
Flat tire? We know it’s a pain, but it’s also very dangerous on a motorcycle. Even riding a bike with low tire pressure can alter the bikes center of gravity and can leave you unprepared to manage the changed handling of your bike. Prior to riding you should always do a once over your bike to make sure everything looks good before take-off. If your riding and you notice your tire pressure is low or you suddenly get a blown tire call us right away and our team can quickly tow you to the closest tire shop or air compressor.
Custom chop or retro/classic ride? Do you have a ride that’s old school and requires a bit more maintenance than the modern rides? Do you wrench, ride, repeat? You know what we’re saying… your bike needs more TLC than some newer rides. You know that fittings may become loose from the bikes vibration and require retightening after new work. So, you either carry a wrench in your saddle bags or you cross your fingers, and hope if breakdowns happen that you’re in a group with the guy who carries half his snap-on collection in his bike. But, you’re not that lucky and realize you need to call for a tow to safely get your ride back to your garage
Run out of gas? You love showing off your sportster so you join the local poker runs and benefit rides only to realize your ride only goes 70 miles before you need to fill up with gas. You join a new run, get caught up in the days fun, only to later realize that you are almost out of gas and the next gas station isn’t for another 10 minutes. You are running on fumes and praying you make it, but alas, you don’t. Bike stalls and you sit. What do you do? Call your buddies and ask them to leave the poker run to run home for their car and bring you gas? Nope, don’t do it. Just call us! We respond very quickly and will arrive faster than your friend would if they ran home, got the can & switched vehicles, and drove back to you. Then they have to ride the can back home and get back on their bike. Yeah…. Don’t be that guy! Just call us! Problem solved quickly and you’re back on the road to finish out the ride!
We understand your ride is highly sacred and we take extra care to ensure we have soft motorcycle tie downs to keep your shining metal flake in as good a condition after your tow as before. We do not suggest lifting your full dresser into the back of your buddy’s truck and tying it down yourself. Protect your investment and call us so that proper tie down methods can be used to ensure your prized possession remains without scratches dings or dulled clear coating.
Call us right now and we will send out either our motorcycle dolly or flatbed with the proper motorcycle tie downs for your cruiser. A two wheeled vehicle is very different than four and needs the appropriate securing method so ensure your ride is protected.